1st Year Experience

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The Women in Engineering Program provides programs specifically for the needs and interests of first-year women engineering students. First-year events and programs provide academic and peer support to inform students about engineering as a major and to connect students to the larger engineering community.

Living Learning Community

The WEP Living Learning Community in the Kinsolving Residence Hall provides first-year engineering women with the opportunity to live together in a supportive, residential community.

First-Year Interest Groups

WEP offers First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) for all engineering majors. Students select their FIG during summer orientation, and WEP FIGs meet in the fall and spring semesters.


There are several mentoring programs available through WEP that help guide undergraduate students and give upperclass and graduate students the opportunity to serve as mentors for current and prospective students.

Welcome Events

Every fall and spring, WEP hosts welcome events to help new and returning students connect with each other, learn about student organizations and get excited about the upcoming semester.

Chocolate Chats

Chocolate Chats are informal gatherings for first-year engineering women students to meet with the WEP Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs) in their majors to get tips, hints and advice over chocolate.